Too bad the National Media hasn’t done more to cover the Atlanta Hawks over the years. Too bad the Northeastern Sports Frontier, led by ESPN, didn’t take more time to film, watch, and understand the basketball in the ATL. Why? Because if you would have, you would have learned some very valuable lessons, which concern the Nets new basketball player Joe Johnson.
Oh my, where do I begin? Joe has so many flaws, so its hard to pick the worse of the worse. Perhaps it is his passing ability. He takes the ball, tries to go one on one, and if the defender holds him up or a double team comes, then Joe just slangs the ball to a teammate. He doesn’t really work on his aim. He doesn’t have a natural touch for passing the rock around. You will see this in Brooklyn, when the Nets hit the hardwood for the first time. Just a simple pass back to the point guard, can often go 10 feet over his head and right into Gucci Row with Jay Z and the Boys.
Joe doesn’t shoot that well. He likes to take tough shots. Can actually shoot the tough shots better than the wide open ones. Will often drift away from the rim, so he can do his famous catch and shoot routine, but he’s 32 foot from the basket when he lets it fly. OH, it will go in once or twice and really this is the bad news, cause once he sees one 32 foot jumper swish the net, he’s ready for more!
Folks, to put it simple and as nice as I can, Joe Johnson just can’t play ball. I have no idea why the Atlanta Hawks signed him for that big contract. I guess they saw no big stars out and once Lebron James had flew down to Miami and the rest of the free agents found new homes, Joe was the only one left, which the brass in Atlanta thought was worthy of big money.
You guys really don’t know what you got yet. Trust me! The Atlanta Hawks became a better team, once Joe Johnson left. He wasn’t the best Hawks player on the team. I realize a lot of brain-washing has been going on out there, but let me set the record straight. Joe Johnson was the 8th or maybe even the 9th best player on the Atlanta Hawks last year. Oh sure, he has nice numbers. Who wouldn’t have his numbers over the last few years, with all the minutes he got and had every guy on offense taught to throw the ball to Joe. Charles Barkley and others have said “you can’t win an NBA Championship with Joe Johnson as your best player“. The problem Chuck and the rest of the NBA Nation had, was the little known fact, that Joe wasn’t the best Hawk’s player! He wasn’t in the top 5. He didn’t deserve to start for the Atlanta Hawks, but due to that big contract, he had to play.
Now will the Brooklyn Nets let Joe Johnson play 35 and 40 minutes a game? Will they bench him for poor play? They better figure this stuff out quick, because I’m telling you right now, the fans in Brooklyn will not like the Joe Johnson game. The guy just can’t play ball. His ball IQ is very low for an NBA player. His slow thought process in the brain, doesn’t register quick enough on the floor. The worse decision maker on the Hawks basketball team for a lot of years and now Brooklyn gets to have him. I would have gave a first and second round pick, with Joe, if the Nets would have taken him out of my sight. Because the Hawks became instantly better, once they got rid of number 2 in Atlanta. The fact, they gave us a number 1 draft pick and other goodies, is just more proof the Country doesn’t know anything about the ball being played in the ATL.
Don’t worry Net fans, it won’t last forever. It’s only 3 years and maybe you guys can sucker someone and they will take this guy off of your hands? Who knows, but you will get a big laugh out of his post-game interviews. Like I said earlier, Joe isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and his comments will prove that. He calls all women “man” and he also feels like, if he works hard during a basketball game, then he should reward his self with the final shot or a big shot at the end of the game.
End of the game troubles, be sure to not give it to J.J. on the last play of quarters or the game. Most NBA players can at least get off a shot, during these crunch times or before the clock expires, right? Well, not the case with Joe’s B-Ball talent. He has trouble just putting the shot up, before the buzzer goes off. He will fumble the ball, dribble it off his foot, or simply lose the handle and give it to the man standing right in front of him. You could make a series of highlight tapes, with his bloopers and mistakes at the end of quarters and sometimes the game. It would really be funny to watch.
If you’re someone that thinks you have seen it all, then watch Joe Johnson. If you have seen every play on a basketball court, then watch Joe Johnson. When you take for granted the simple things, that NBA players do nightly, then you MUST watch Joe Johnson!
I’m telling ya now Brooklyn fans, the Joe Johnson game is much more for laughs, than a serious baller, trying to win games nightly in the NBA. You guys will see soon enough, when the headlines start to read things like:
“Joe Johnson Struggles in Nets Debut”
“Johnson’s Late Turnover Costs Nets”
“Joe Johnson’s Bad Streak Snapped with 31 Points Over the Raptors”
“Brooklyn Fans Boo Johnson’s Play”
“Nets Shooting Guard Not Mixing Well with Point Guard Williams”
“Williams Upset at Joe Johnson’s Attitude”
Joe Johnson isn’t a guy that will get his shirt untucked, while out there playing. He would have been better off, to find a situation like Ray Allen has with the Miami Heat. Allen can go down to South Beach and take it easy and only has to do well at certain times for the Heat. He doesn’t have to put the team on his back and if he has a poor night, the Heat can still win by double digits. Joe has been enjoying all of his new riches and he doesn’t break a sweat anymore. His will to play the game or go after the ball just isn’t there. He wants to come in and take it easy. He’s not in any mood to take the Nets Team and put them on his back and carry them for 48 minutes. He is a very over rated player and for everything great he will do for that Net’s basketball team. He will match it, with some bad things he will bring on the court or to the team.
I’m laughing to see these predictions, which have the Nets placing 3rd in the East? Some say Miami first, Boston in second, and then the Nets and Bulls will fight for those 3rd and 4th place positions. The Atlanta Hawks are ten times better than the New Jersey Nets. I don’t even have the Nets making the playoffs, if Joe Johnson stays healthy and plays in 60 games or more.
Even if Dwight Howard lands up there in Brooklyn, this team is very stoppable. Allow the guards to beat their self. The ball goes inside to Howard, just foul him. He can’t make enough free throws to carry the Nets and Joe Johnson will be taking time away from some other Nets player who would give more effort and production. Question still remains, will the Nets play Joe if he struggles? Or does he get to play, because he makes the most money on the team?
Brooklyn Nets NOT a playoff team with Joe Johnson there. The Atlanta Hawks will win more games than the Nets!